Pixar is known for being clever, emotional, and full of intent in everything they create. You can say the same of Stephen King's work, but you wouldn't say the two exactly go together like cheese and crackers.
Just don't tell Lee Unkrich that; Unkrich, director of many beloved cartoon films, leaves references to The Shining in many Pixar movies he directs and edits. Why? Unkrich cites Stanley Kubrick as one of his top inspirations. In an interview with Vulture, Unkrich says that Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining is what inspired him to become a filmmaker. In thanks, Unkrich pays Kubrick an homage as often as he can sneak it into his work.
Astute viewers will find Unkrich's easter eggs in Pixar movies like Toy Story, Toy Story 3, and Finding Nemo. There are even references to The Shining in Coco, Unkrich's latest directorial endeavor for Pixar.
As horrifyingly adorable as a Pixar take on IT could be, Unkrich's work is probably the closest we'll ever get to a Pixar/Stephen King mashup. Read on to see what you might have missed in your childhood (and adulthood) favorite films.